Thursday, June 07, 2007

Liberty Counsel and Campaign for California Families Defend Marriage in CA

San Francisco, CA - Today, on behalf of Campaign for California Families, Liberty Counsel filed a 93-page brief at the California Supreme Court in defense of the state's marriage laws. The brief urges the California Supreme Court to uphold the centuries-old institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Liberty Counsel has filed its brief only days after the California legislature voted on two bills that would deconstruct marriage. The California Assembly passed AB 43, which would permit same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses. Meanwhile, the California Senate passed SB 11, which would grant marriage benefits to unmarried heterosexual couples. Such benefits are already available to same-sex couples since the passage of AB 205. AB 43 is the second time the legislature has tried to institute same-sex "marriage" in direct contradiction to the will of California voters, who in 2000 overwhelmingly passed Proposition 22, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The legislature has no authority to pass laws authorizing same-sex marriage because they contravene Prop 22, which was passed by the people in a statewide vote.
Prop 22, which affirms the institution of marriage, is the subject of the case presently before the California Supreme Court. Liberty Counsel's brief filed today asks the Court to uphold marriage, which is recognized "as a social institution based upon the biological and social facts of human sexuality and reproduction, which are what enable society to continue." For more than 150 years, the California Supreme Court has recognized that "marriage is the institution upon which the structure of society is built." Nothing in the last 150 years has changed that reality.
Marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation of society. Procreation and the best interest and well-being of children are sound reasons to support traditional marriage. Same-sex relationships can neither create nor prepare future generations like opposite-sex couples. Marriage stabilizes opposite-sex relations and fosters an environment that is in the best interest of children. Deconstructing marriage to include same-sex relationships will damage children and severely impact future generations.